Kitchen countertop resurfacing is a common and cost-effective choice for sprucing up the overall look of your space, whether it has been subjected to years of scratches and burns or you simply want a new surface.
The ability to use a variety of textures and materials to achieve the desired surface is perhaps the most intriguing aspect of resurfacing kitchen countertops. Self-sticking laminate, ceramic tiles, paint, and concrete are all cost-effective ways to resurface a kitchen countertop for a fraction of the price of a complete replacement.
For example, a Formica countertop nearing the end of its useful life can be resurfaced by sanding it down so that an adherent, such as epoxy, can easily adhere to it.
Ceramic tiles can also be used to make a mosaic or checkerboard pattern, and flat latex paint comes in a wide range of colors for a quick kitchen countertop makeover.
Small cuts, gouges, and chips will be repaired first with laminate repair paste that matches the color of the laminate. A two-part epoxy putty is used to fill chips and big cracks (more than 1/8-inch wide). We'll also make sure that all stains are extracted from the surface areas so that the color is consistent throughout.
The next move is to use paint, the ultimate DIYer's pal, to transform your countertops. We can paint in single solid colors or create patterns like granite.
We'll scrub the countertop with soap and water to remove dirt and smudges, then wipe it down with denatured alcohol before painting. Painter's tape will be applied to anything you don't want us to paint until we start painting, including your sink, faucets, and backsplash.
We'll de-gloss the entire countertop with 100-grit sandpaper, clean up the residue with a tack cloth, and search for any missing spots with a flashlight to ensure optimum adhesion for the base coat.
Finally, we'll add a good-quality oil-based primer and let it dry for at least 4 hours before applying the paint.
If you want a solid color, a granite look, or something else, the paint and texturing will be determined by your preferences. After the painting is done, we can seal it with either polyurethane or epoxy, depending on your choice (we do not recommend epoxy for kitchen countertops, only bathroom countertops, as it is not safe to place food on).
How to care for your new refinished countertops:
Generally, it is best to use use a damp cloth or washcloth with mild mild detergent to clean off dirt and grime. We do not recommend the use of any harsh chemicals, such as ammonia or bleach, as these may damage the finish.
Cleaning and Maintenance
Is there something unusual that needs to be done with a refinished countertop?
When properly cared for and maintained, a refinished countertop can last for several years. The latest finish, like laminate or solid surfaces, is not indestructible.
PLACE A HOTPAD UNDER HOT POTS AND PANS AND USE A CUTTING BOARD. Knife cuts and hot pans put on a refinished surface will harm it just like laminate and solid surface countertops.
NON-ABRASIVE LIQUID CLEANERS OR MILD SOAP AND WATER ARE THE ONLY OPTIONS. After using general purpose cleaners including Mr. Clean®, Fantastik®, or Formula 409®, wipe your refinished surface clean with a damp cloth or non-abrasive sponge.
ABRASIVE CLEANSERS, HARSH ACIDS, AND BLEACH-CONTAINING CLEANERS ARE NOT TO BE USED! These materials can cause premature wear by discoloring or damaging the surface.
DO NOT LEAVE CLEANERS OR CHEMICALS ON THE SURFACE FOR LONG PERIODS OF TIME WITHOUT RINSING THEM OFF COMPLETELY.